Gabaldon, Diana

Book - 1992
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * NOW A STARZ ORIGINAL SERIES Unrivaled storytelling. Unforgettable characters. Rich historical detail. These are the hallmarks of Diana Gabaldon's work. Her New York Times bestselling Outlander novels have earned the praise of critics and captured the hearts of millions of fans. Here is the story that started it all, introducing two remarkable characters, Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser, in a spellbinding novel of passion and history that combines exhilarating adventure with a love story for the ages. OUTLANDER The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach--an "outlander"--in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743. Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire--and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives. Praise for Diana Gabaldon's Outlander novels "Marvelous and fantastic adventures, romance, sex . . . perfect escape reading." -- San Francisco Chronicle , on Outlander "History comes deliciously alive on the page." --New York Daily News , on Outlander "Gabaldon is a born storyteller. . . . The pages practically turn themselves." -- The Arizona Republic , on Dragonfly in Amber "Triumphant . . . Her use of historical detail and a truly adult love story confirm Gabaldon as a superior writer." -- Publishers Weekly , on Voyager "Unforgettable characters . . . richly embroidered with historical detail." -- The Cincinnati Post , on Drums of Autumn "A grand adventure written on a canvas that probes the heart, weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across [centuries]." --CNN , on The Fiery Cross "The large scope of the novel allows Gabaldon to do what she does best, paint in exquisite detail the lives of her characters." -- Booklist , on A Breath of Snow and Ashes "Features all the passion and swashbuckling that fans of this historical fantasy series have come to expect." -- People , on Written in My Own Heart's Blood From the Hardcover edition.

Publisher: New York : Dell, 1992, c1991.
ISBN: 0440212561
Characteristics: 850 p. ;,18 cm.


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Mar 19, 2015

Baby to hear of a beautiful mind scape of a nice oreo and cucko dive into the ocean of love and enjoy the baeuty of sea of love story and love , beauty, and myth.

Feb 01, 2015

“Outlander” takes place just after World War II, and stars Claire Randall, a British army nurse. Claire and her husband decide to go on a second honeymoon to Inverness, Scotland, to rekindle their relationship. While there, Claire stumbles upon Craigh Na Dun (a rock formation) and is transported back to eighteenth century Scotland, right in the middle of a fight between British and Scottish forces. Luckily, Claire is whisked away by dashing Scotsman Jamie, and taken on a wild adventure with Jamie and the Scottish Clan Mackenzie.

“Outlander” is a humorous historical fantasy novel, and is the first book in Diana Gabaldon’s series of eight books. It is also a wonderful, intricate novel that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats. All of the characters are well-rounded and unique. The heroes are sassy, smart, and lovable, while the villains are evil and cruel. The plot is unique and clever, and makes use of an excess of historical facts mixed with fantasy to form a storyline that is breath-taking. The setting is beautiful, and adds to the historical context of the story. It is also extremely evident that massive amounts of research went into this novel, as it truly shows through the descriptive scenes.

The author of this review highly recommends “Outlander”. It is an amazing novel that would be suitable more for a pleasure read than an essay or ‘book talk’. There are some hidden meanings and symbolism, but not too much. The author of this review believes “Outlander” to be suitable for ages fourteen and up due to sexual content.

Jan 11, 2015

A Harlequin with violence. This book is not about time travel or about Scotland. It's more like a harlequin but with lots of sexual violence. It's also very poorly written. Amateurish. Every single detail of every single scene is spelled out and repeated. And one short scene she tells us the color of the other character's hair two or three times. It was "battleship gray" incidentally. That's probably why it's so long. And definitely why it's so sloooow paced. It's also wildly emotionally unrealistic. And in its Harliquininess, not at all an adventure story. Also the heroine is kind of snippy and unlikable. Although that could also be because she has no emotional responses to anything. Contrary to the hype just absolutely awful. And yes I read genre fiction and enjoy it.

Jan 06, 2015
  • Anistasya rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I re-read this (on audiobook) after watching the first half of the new TV series (which ended on a cliff-hanger, of course.
It's been a while since the first time I read Cross Stitch / Outlander, and I'd forgotten quite a bit. It's certainly an intriguing premise and the suspension of disbelief for this time travel story is easier than many others I've come across.
I enjoyed exploring this period of Scottish history and felt like I learned something as I was swept along in the story.
The romance was, of course, the central focus of story and if you like passion and intensity, there's plenty of it here.
Two things I thought were a little convenient though - the ethical dilemma Claire faces (about the husband she has left behind) was never overly troubling for the reader since we don't know Frank that well or see how he is suffering in her absence. Secondly, Claire gets rescued quite a few times, and while some of these are totally justified and necessary - other times are less so. To be fair, as her knowledge improves, she does manage to fend for herself much more, and her healing skills make up for the rescuing somewhat, since she saves lives at about the same rate.
All in all, I thought it was a good beginning. I'm curious to see where the story goes from here.

Nov 08, 2014
  • AnyelaE rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best romance/scifi books of all time....I've been reading these books for over 30 years and this one has it all. I can't wait until the cable series comes back in April '15. Must read...It was really hard to put down...I'm currently on the 3rd book of the series and have not been disappointed.

Oct 22, 2014

Oct 7 2014?.....Well, this is probably the fourth or fifth time that I have read this book. It must be good, I am still enjoying it as much now, as I did 20 or so years ago when I first read it. (and the book is soo much better that the tv series, which surprises me....I had thought I would enjoy seeing this come to life on the screen more than I am!).....I hope I can get my hands on the audio book in time to listen to part of it while I read......just to add a new dimension to my reading pleasure.........Oct 17, on page 502 of 630 pages and loving every minute spent with this old friend. For anyone in the Chinook Arch Library System, I found a big heavy book with all the Scottish plaids pictured, as well as a little bit of info on the various clans. I looked up my Grandmother's last name (MacFarlane) and found that they were a particularly savage clan! (Gulp, I'd better watch my temper!).....Oct 21, 2014 just finished Outlander, I'm now on to Dragonfly....whoa, bit to a time jump there.....I thought I might have picked up the wrong one, but no, it's the correct one. I guess I'm hooked to this series for the next 6 months or so. I've never been a fast reader!

Oct 19, 2014
  • DorisWaggoner rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I picked this up out of an interest in historical novels about WW II and the 18th c (this isn't 17th c, as some comments state--it's 1743 when Claire walks through the stones and for a while thinks she's on a movie set.) She's nearly raped by an English officer who's a dead ringer for the husband she's left on their second honeymoon, looking up genealogical data on kin of the would-be rapist, his ancestor. That's the other reason I picked it up--I'm into family genealogy, and some of my family were forced out of Scotland about this time. The time travel wasn't a big deal, though I kept expecting her to go back and forth as in "The Time Traveler's Wife," (which I liked better than the other reader). While it took Claire a bit too long to figure out what was going on, I really liked her, Jamie, and some of the other characters, even some of the unreliable ones, finding them well-rounded people capable of growth. Not the ones who tried to rape her, though! I loved that she was a strong enough woman that when someone's life was in danger, she usually used her nurse's training to try to heal them. I've put a hold on the next one in the series, even though it's longer than this one. I like long books, as long as I can get lost in them as I did in "Outlanders." Even before I Googled it and knew it was part of a series, I suspected by the end that it had to be. Otherwise, the ending would have been anticlimactic. Will I reread it? I rarely do, as there are too many books to read the first time; we'll see when I've finished the series!

Sep 10, 2014
  • acornsandnuts rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

As excellent a re-read as it is the breathless first time around. I often recommend OUTLANDER to folks who think they are not genre readers -- there's a little bit of everything in there, and something is sure to catch a reader's interest. A little fantasy, military history, the history of medicine, a close study of life in 18th century Scotland, and one of the best love stories out there.

Sep 10, 2014
  • dkrmwiz rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

damn! this is a long book. i don't see how to make it shorter though...
it was good, don't get me wrong, but only start this one if you've got the time to read it.
great period drama story. love the idea :)

Sep 04, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Claire Beauchamp Randall is a WWII combat nurse married to historian Frank Randall. On their post-war second honeymoon to the Scottish Highlands after the Gaelic harvest festival Samhain, Claire walks through two of the standing stones at Craigh na Dun and mysteriously travels back in time 202 years...to 1743! Accused of being an English spy, a single woman alone with no money, no friends, and dressed completely inappropriately for the times, Claire comes across a wounded Jamie Fraser, outlawed in his native Scotland with a price on his head. Thus begins a whirlwind romance that defies the odds, spanning decades and every trial-and-tribulation imaginable. **Show based on the book Premieres on Starz on August 9th, 2014**
- Sherise Pagan, Grand Concourse

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Sep 29, 2014
  • M_ALCOTT rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

" Hanovers and Stuarts? To me, these were still no more than names on a chart on the schoolroom wall. What were they, compared with an unthinkable evil like Hitler's Reich? It made a difference to those who lived under the kings, I supposed, though the differences might seem trivial to me. Still, when had the right to live as one wished ever been trivial? Was a struggle to choose one's own destiny less worthwhile than the necessity to stop a great evil?"-Claire

Sep 29, 2014
  • M_ALCOTT rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

" Aye, I believe ye, Sassenach. But it would ha' been a good deal easier if you'd only been a witch."-Jamie

Sep 29, 2014
  • M_ALCOTT rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

" Ye need not be scairt of me. Nor of anyone here, so long as I'm with ye."-Jamie

Sep 29, 2014
  • M_ALCOTT rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

" I wanted ye from the first time I saw ye-but I loved ye when you wept in my arms and let me comfort you, that first time at Leoch."-Jamie

Sep 29, 2014
  • M_ALCOTT rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

" For where all love is, the speaking is unnecessary. It is all. It is undying. And it is enough."-Claire

Sep 29, 2014
  • M_ALCOTT rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

" There are things that I canna tell you, at least not yet. And I'll ask nothing of ye that ye canna give me. But what I would ask of ye-when you do tell me something, let it be the truth. And I'll promise ye the same. We have nothing now between us, save-respect, perhaps. And I think that respect has maybe room for secrets, but not for lies. Do ye agree?"-Jamie

Sep 29, 2014
  • M_ALCOTT rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ."-Claire

Mar 07, 2013

Some hae meat that canna eat,
An some culd eat that want it,
We hae meat an we can eat,
An so may God be thank it.

Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I was having trouble with the scale of things. A man killed with a musket was just as dead as one killed with a mortar. It was just that the mortar killed impersonally, destroying dozens of men, while the musket was fired by one man who could see the eyes of the one he killed. That made it murder, it seemed to me, not war. How many men to make a war?


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Jan 07, 2015
  • Anistasya rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Oct 07, 2014

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Jul 27, 2014
  • PBnuffsaid rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Feb 12, 2014
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Jan 07, 2015
  • Anistasya rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Although not explicit, there is quite a lot of sex in this book (mostly between consenting & married adults). There is one instance rape which, while not shown explicitly, may still be disturbing to some readers.

Jan 07, 2015
  • Anistasya rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Violence: 18th century Scotland is a grimy and violent place. Claire is a healer, so sees her fair share of blood and gore. Violence is not too explicit, however, and most of the focus is on the impact of violence on those who survive it.

Jul 27, 2014
  • PBnuffsaid rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Some sexual scenes


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May 11, 2011
  • mickaylasnana rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

English nurse Claire Beauchamp Randall and husband Frank take a second honeymoon in the Scottish Highlands in 1945. When Claire walks through a cleft stone in an ancient henge, she's somehow transported to 1743. She encounters Frank's evil ancestor, British captain Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall, and is adopted by another clan. Claire nurses young soldier James Fraser, a gallant, merry redhead, and the two begin a romance, seeing each other through many perilous, swashbuckling adventures involving Black Jack. Scenes of the Highlanders' daily life blend poignant emotions with Scottish wit and humor. Eventually Sassenach (outlander) Claire finds a chance to return to 1945, and must choose between distant memories of Frank and her happy, uncomplicated existence with Jamie.

Apr 07, 2010

In Scotland with her husband on a second honeymoon after World War II, Claire enters a circle of stones and is transported back to the Battle of Culloden 200 years earlier, where she must marry a Scot to save her husband

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